Just got around to playing with the new free wireless network here. Google set up a wifi in the city their headquarters is located. Consists of access points set on top of city light poles, drawing power from the streetlight system. The lights are photocell activated so the power is on all the time. The access points appear to be about 100 to 150 yards from one another and the whole system connects wirelessly to the main server. Been experimenting with different locations. Right now I'm at the McD's which is about 30 yards from the nearest access. The signal meter on my laptop reads from 2 to 3 bars out of 5. In front of my house, it reads 1 bar and inside the house, no reception. Did some research and a higher power transceiver is required for good indoor reception. Apparently the access points tune out low power signals. Something else to buy. Be worth it to axe the regular ISP.
17 years ago